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Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission

In the Matter of: ) Docket No. 97-AFC-4
Application for Certification ) NOTICE OF SITE VISIT
for the Sunrise Cogeneration Power Project ) and INFORMATIONAL HEARING
___________________________________ )


The Committee designated to conduct proceedings on the Application for Certification for the Sunrise Cogeneration and Power Project (Sunrise Project) will hold a SITE VISIT and an INFORMATIONAL HEARING as follows:

Beginning at 4 p.m.
Derby Acres Park Recreation Building
Arnold Street and Park Road
Derby Acres, CA
[Wheelchair Accessible]

Site Visit Preceding Hearing

Beginning at 4 p.m., the Applicant will host a visit to the project site and a survey view of the transmission line route. Transportation from Derby Acres Park to the site will be available. Landowners, members of the general public, and governmental agencies are invited to participate in this tour; those desiring to attend should notify the Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or email: no later than Thursday, March 11, 1999.

Landowners, members of the general public, and interested agencies are invited to attend both the site visit and the informational hearing and may question the Applicant and Energy Commission staff concerning the project. The informational hearing will begin shortly after the site visit at approximately 6:30 p.m. The Public Adviser, Ms. Mendonca, will also be present to assist interested individuals or groups and to provide information on participating in the Commission's certification process. She may be reached at the contact numbers noted above.

Project Description

The Sunrise Project's Application for Certification (AFC) proposes to develop a 320 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired cogeneration powerplant in western Kern County, approximately 35 miles southwest of Bakersfield, CA. The Sunrise Project will be located within the Midway-Sunset Oilfield on a 16 acre parcel, approximately 3 miles northwest of Fellows and 2.5 miles south of Derby Acres. State Highway 33 running northwest-southeast is approximately 1.3 miles east of the site.

Associated facilities include two substations and approximately 15 miles of 230 kV transmission line to transmit electricity generated by the facility to the transmission grid. The project will also involve construction of a 12-inch diameter 60-foot gas pipeline interconnection to the planned 20-inch Texaco North American Production (TNAP) gas pipeline. Project feedwater will be provided by TNAP and is recovered from crude oil production wells. Freshwater from the West Kern Water District will be piped in as well. The engineering and environmental details of the proposed project are contained in the AFC.

The project will use cogeneration technology to produce two forms of energy: electricity and thermal energy in the form of steam. Electrical energy produced by this proposed "merchant" powerplant will be sold in California's newly created electricity market. (A merchant plant is built with private funding, and without creating any financial liability for ratepayers.) Approximately 320 MW of electricity will be sold on the deregulated electricity market through the Independent System Operator. The thermal energy from the Sunset Project, in the form of high-pressure steam, will be provided to TNAP, the adjacent thermal host, for use in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations.


Immediately following the site visit, participants will return to the Derby Acres Park Recreational Building where the Committee will hold an INFORMATIONAL HEARING beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Purpose of the Informational Hearing

Licensing of the electric generating plant and related facilities, such as the transmission line and natural gas pipeline, is under the Energy Commission's jurisdiction. The powerplant certification process, which contains requirements equivalent to those under the California Environmental Quality Act, will examine all relevant engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed project. This process provides a public forum allowing the Applicant, Commission staff, interested parties, governmental agencies, landowners, and members of the general public to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of the project and to propose changes or alternatives to the project as necessary.

At the Informational Hearing, landowners, members of the general public, and representatives of governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain information and to offer comments on the application. The Applicant will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and their role in reviewing the application. Applicant and Staff will also discuss proposed schedules and possible issues which may be significant during this proceeding.

In order to assist participants in understanding the project, Staff shall prepare and serve, upon those listed on the Proof of Service List, a written statement summarizing the potential major issues in this case no later than March 8, 1999. All others desiring a copy of the Staff statement may obtain one by calling Luz Manriquez-Uresti, Project Secretary, at (916) 654-3928.

Those interested may participate in all phases of the licensing process in a variety of ways. If you want information concerning public participation, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free in California, at (800) 822-6228, or e-mail: pao@energy.state.ca.us Media inquiries should be addressed to Claudia Chandler at (916) 654-4989, or e-mail: cchandler@energy.state.ca.us Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Kristina Bergquest, the Commission's Project Manager, at (916) 654-4242, or e-mail: kberque@energy.state.ca.us Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Gary Fay, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893. Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is also available on the Energy Commission's Internet home page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/sunrise.


MICHAL C. MOORE, Commissioner
Presiding Member

Associate Member

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